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Visiting Lecturers

  • Ila Berman & Mona El Kafif

    Berman and Kafif walked into today's lecture with the goal of spreading awareness about the development of public spaces without the limits of function. They stress about the evergrowing privatized spaces that are limited to certain users. However, they hope to reverse this by creating more public spaces that allow a variety of occupants. They provided several examples to justify their point such as Way Beyond Art, Pulse Room, OPspace and iLounge.


    Through Way Beyond Art, Berman studied how different disciplines work together: Architecture, Sculpture, Interior, and Landscape. Some examples she gives are seen in PS1 installations. PS1 is an exhibition that allows new and innovative minds to occupy the space with their installations. These installations show how the same space can be renewed and used in several ways with a variety of users. We were able to see some familiar projects by our previous guest lecturers such as IwamotoScott's REEF and Voussoir Cloud. Through installations, we can begin to see how sculptures become habitable, thus creating space.

    Through Berman and Kafif's endeavers, they created the pulse room. This room contains many light bulbs that light and react according to a person's heart beat. In turn, this intrigues the user and encourages others to participate in the space. The next project that intrigued me was OPspace, a 12 ring installation inspired by the human body. The purpose of this project was to trigger occupation. The space was interpreted differently and thus transformed according to its occupants. It was used for wine tasting, fashion shows, a playground, and even a stage performances. The installation proved to be successful as many people started implementing different occupations towards its usage.

    Mona describes a space being composed in four design strategies: Hardware, Software, Orgware, and Brandware. With these components, a space can be revitalized and be used for a variety of reasons. This research is shown through iLounge, yet another innovative installation that promotes social interactions amongst users. Inspired by the topography of the city, the space is seen used as a stage, a resting area, an exhibit, etc.


    Berman and Kafif provided a large picture to the general audience: There are many "waiting lands" or unoccupied (wasted) space that can be used as a temporary space. Since it will take another 15 years or so to actually build a building there, why not use the space to promote a social cause? As architects, we should see each space as a having potential, and should be open for everyone to enjoy and interact in.

    (Author: Cynthia Miao)


  • Chris Keane

    Christopher Keane, of Dangermond Keane Architecture, titled his lecture "Lessons from Gallaudet" which focused on challenges that arose while creating a functional yet aesthetically pleasing design for the school.  Gallaudet University is the world's leader in a liberal arts program targeted...


  • Chitra Gopalakrishnan

    Gopalakrishnan's lecture title really caught my attention, reading, "Hustlin' (Meaningfully). I wondered why she used such a title and how she related to such a verb. Thankfully, she explains the meaning throughout her definition. She starts with a brief overview of pieces she completed while she...


  • Robert McCarter

    Robert McCarter Robert McCarter is one of the top ten educators in the nation.  He is a man of passion, dedicating his life in researching master architects.  This lecture was quite similar to our Arch 201 project - choosing 3 master architects and fusing their designs with your own...


  • Hiroshi Jacobs

         Hiroshi Jacobs began with a discussion of indeterminate systems, or systems that allow the viewer to participate in the creation of his or her own experience when interacting with the system. An example he gave was the internet, how it can be used for multiple purposes...


  • Tom Smith

         Tom Smith is an urban designer and a landscape architect that has worked on prestigious projects such as the London 2012 Olympics and currently the Rio 2016 Olympics. He talked about how he won the competition through his concept of creating a lasting legacy. Smith wishes to...


  • Critter Thompson

         It was interesting to see the views of an urbanite that also makes use of ecological ideas in his projects. As with most lectures on energy, he mentioned the embodied energy of materials, which takes into account the sourcing, production, transportation, and maintenance of...



  • Kiel Moe

    Forms of Energy: Maximum power energy 1st law of thermodynamics - Energy will be conserved 2nd law of thermodynamics - Energy's capacity to do work Energy, Exergy, Entopy - Architecture is a formation of energy Forms of Energy - Radiant energy - the energy of electromagnetic waves...


  • Joseph Ferraro

    Ferraro starts off his presentation by briefing us on his experience in Antarctica. An interesting technique he uses to deal with the snowy climate which is foreign to Hawai'i is drift modeling. This is the modeling of snow in turbulent situations. With this, he can figure out which direction to...


  • Monika Wittig

    Most architects are familiar with fabrication programs/machines.  Monika Wittig has been very passionate about fabrication since it was first introduced to her during her college days.  Fabrication software is primarily used because of the amount of time and effort it saves. ...


  • Joseph Ferraro

    In Ferraro's presentation he mentions about the process of building in the South Pole. Because of the heavy snow and wind, the piling up of snow is a big factor and problem. The wind tends to pass towards the building causing the snow to be pushed towards the facade of the bulding. As the snow is...


  • Monika Wittig

     Living Forces In her presentation, Monika talked excitedly about her work and her interest in fabrication design. She showed us how using a program called RHINO and machines such as mills was possible to create new designs, living designs from wood or other materials, simply by typing in a...


  • Kiel Moe

    Kiel Moe's lecture was quite educational in terms of energy efficiency.  There are 3 facts concerning this topic: energy will be conserved, matter is captured energy, and there is no energy shortage.  The energy conservation is supported by the Laws of Thermodynamics.  His concept...


  • Lisa Iwamoto

    Lisa Iwamotohttp://www.iwamotoscott.com/  A principal owner of her own company, Iwamotoscoth Architecture alongside with her husband Craig Scott, an associated architecture professor, used to work for big architecture firm, graduated from Harvard, received numerous awards such as Young...

    Lecture given in Washington University in St. Louis



  • Charlie O'Geen

    Charlie O'Geen "Charlie O’Geen’s work involves site-specific, architectural investigations that respond directly to the conditions of the site and often utilize found objects as building materials. He received a BSArch and an MArch from SUNY Buffalo and then went on to earn a second...

    760 Wagner House Project



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